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Old 09-05-2006, 01:41 AM   #1
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OT: I had laser eye surgery done last week and I was initially very pleased. But the healing process is so damn slow and its getting frustrating. Its been about two weeks and everything is still foggy. The doctor says that it could take up to two months to heal since I got PRK instead of Lasik.

Has anyone here had laser eye surgery done? How long was your recovery time?

On a side note, I finally took the Wrx out after two weeks of not driving. Everything seems so much larger without the bottle caps on.
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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Everything seems so much larger without the bottle caps on.
you must've been pleased when you looked down in the washroom
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:54 AM   #3
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^^ haha, took me a few minutes to get that one, haha. I am slow today.

Actually, I now realize what all the fuss was about cleaning the bath tub, haha.
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:16 AM   #4
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my brother, father, and a uncle all had laser eye surgery done at London Place Eye Centre, they generally just stayed in dark rooms for the first couple days and took tyenol while putting cold towels over their eyes as needed...

my brother said most of the pain was gone after 3 days and that everything was pretty normal after 2 weeks...

edit: they had PRK method used too

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Old 09-05-2006, 02:53 AM   #5
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Ok, whats the diff between PRK and Lasik??? Cost wise, and benefit wise...I think I need to look into surgery.
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Old 09-05-2006, 03:07 AM   #6
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did you get general anesthesia or did you have to put up with the doctor placing rubber bands on your eyeballs?
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Old 09-05-2006, 03:13 AM   #7
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The place I went to Coal Harbour Eye Centre charges the same for both, $2200. They pick the procedure that works best.

PRK is sort of no touch, they wipe away the top layer of the eye with alcohol and then laser it (smells sort of like bacon).

Lasik they create a flap and then laser it.

PRK has a longer recovery time as I am finding out right now. Lasik only takes about one day or so to recover and it hurts way less. But PRK uses much less cornea for the procedure. Asians have thinner cornea's than caucasians, surprise surprise. So they generally recommend PRK to asians.
Oh and I think PRK produces better results. If you do contact sports PRK is the way to go since the "flap" can come loose apparently.

The first few days I thought it was the best 2g's I ever spent. I went out and bought a pair of cheapy sunglasses right away .

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Old 09-05-2006, 03:13 AM   #8
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did you get general anesthesia or did you have to put up with the doctor placing rubber bands on your eyeballs?
sleeping pills FTW!!!

didn't want my eye balls moving around while the laser is going.
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Old 09-05-2006, 03:41 AM   #9
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Is laser eye surgery dependables these days? I so called heard from others that people can get long term effects with spots in there eyes. Or is this just some myth I hear from random people.

I'm still rolling around on contacts.
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Old 09-05-2006, 03:50 AM   #10
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There isn't really much long term studies on this stuff. But I figure atleast I won't be alone if I go blind.
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Old 09-05-2006, 04:24 AM   #11
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No long term studies on it. But, not a single case of complete vision loss documented.

I also had prk done. It's awesome. I had it done because the idea of the flap in lasik peeling back one day gives me the chills...

I run a couple of internet based companies. Ask me about frustration with the healing process. I was wearing sunglasses with my monitor set with brightness wayyyy down, eyes watering like mad trying to type emails.

I find my vision is nearly perfect - I get 20/20 on the exam... but when I am tired, I find my eyesight gets poor. My nightvision is great, but the time needed to adjust to the dark is longer then it used to be. I also find my eyes are much drier when I wake up then they used to be... no more rubbing my eyes first thing in the morning cuz it hurts!

No negatives in my mind though. Even though I had a lower prescription, I still love that I don't need glasses...

For me, I found that I was able to drive about 10 days after surgery. Took about a month to get perfect vision back. I had very little pain but I slept a lot the first week.
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I'm still rolling around on contacts.
x2. On hard contacts, too. Uncomfortable like hell.
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:45 PM   #13
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My mom had it done a couple of months ago, and I lifetime of having to hold a book as far as she could to read it. Same results I think. Wore dark sunglasses for 2 or 3 days and after 2 weeks was normal. Did mention that when she looked at something like chrome for example, she'd see a lot of flaring and glare and rings of different colours coming at her. That was the worst.
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My mom had it done a couple of months ago, and I lifetime of having to hold a book as far as she could to read it. Same results I think. Wore dark sunglasses for 2 or 3 days and after 2 weeks was normal. Did mention that when she looked at something like chrome for example, she'd see a lot of flaring and glare and rings of different colours coming at her. That was the worst.

I've been thinking a lot about getting it done, too, and what worries me most is that I've heard quite a few people mention that they get halos and glare when driving at night. That and night rallys would be a bad combination!
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Old 09-10-2006, 11:20 AM   #15
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I've been thinking a lot about getting it done, too, and what worries me most is that I've heard quite a few people mention that they get halos and glare when driving at night. That and night rallys would be a bad combination!
Resently (last couple of years) I have had friends get the "Flap and Zap" proceedure. All are happy and have no side effects. They were telling me the halos were caused by doctors not measuring the pupals full expansion in total darkness (night driving). I would assume if the doctor is any good they would put you in a dark room for some period of time to check thier measurements. I want to get this done but I want to wait just a little bit longer for peice of mind. But I will never go to a place that is having a sale.

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My research on where to go was fairly extensive. As long as the shop has the latest and greatest machinery (the laser equipment) then the only other factor that could potentially screw up a bit is the surgeon. So I figure that a surgeon with more experience is better. And that's why I chose Coal Harbour Eye center. There is 1 surgeon there, he does every surgery and has done more surgeries then any 3 other surgeons in Vancouver combined. Of course, when you talk to the Coal Harbour guys they try to upsell you based on WHO has had their eyes done there... like "Just a couple months ago, Naslund got his eyes done here" etc.
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